OMPA member city elected officials and staff meet with legislators

On Tuesday, September 21, elected officials and staff from the City of Fairview, the Town of Goltry and the City of Waynoka, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Representative elect Carl Newton (District 58) and Senator Marlatt (District 27) over lunch in Fairview. The purpose of this meeting was to educate the Representative elect on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. The representative elect, senator, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our member cities, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Senator Bryce Marlatt, District 27; Representative elect Carl Newton, District 58; Melinda Gould, Chris Hoffman, Sally Jantz, Tino Rojas, Frank Severin and John Stone, City of Fairview; Betty Powers and Brandon Severin, Town of Goltry; Tracy Judd; City of Waynoka, David Osburn and Jennifer Rogers;...

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Mayors and OMPA meet with Speaker Designate

On Friday, September 2, mayors from the City of Edmond and the City of Ponca City, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Speaker Designate Representative Charles McCall at the OMPA offices in Edmond. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the Representative on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. The representative, mayors and OMPA staff had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our member cities, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Representative Charles McCall, District 22; Charles Lamb, Mayor of Edmond and OMPA Board Chair; Homer Nicholson, Mayor of Ponca City and OMPA Board Secretary; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel; Drake Rice, OMPA Director of Member Services; and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Governmental Relations Representative. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in Title 1 1, the Municipal Code of the Oklahoma statutes. OMPA was created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves.  ...

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Town of Laverne awarded for CUP certification

The Town of Laverne was presented a $20,000 check by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority during Monday’s trustees meeting, recognizing the town for being officially recertified in the Competitive Utility Program (CUP). OMPA is the town’s wholesale power supplier. Laverne’s recertification was approved by the OMPA board at its July meeting. CUP is a voluntary program, started in 1995, that provides OMPA’s 42 members with a way to evaluate and improve the operation of their electric utility, and make them better able to compete in the electric utility industry. The program provides two types of reward – recognition, in the form of certification; and financial rewards, which include the check for $20,000. Laverne will also receive a credit on its wholesale power bill during winter months for meeting criteria relating to competitive rates, transfers to the general fund and load factor. CUP-certified members can be recertified in the program every two years, and they are eligible for the $20,000 award each year. Town Billing Clerk Connie Wingo is Laverne’s CUP coordinator....

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OMPA holds meeting with Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor

On Monday, August 1, Mayor Charles Lamb from the City of Edmond, and staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb at the OMPA offices in Edmond. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the Lieutenant Governor on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. Mayor Lamb is also Chairman of OMPA’s Board of Director’s. The Lieutenant Governor, Mayor Lamb and OMPA staff had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our Member Cities, as well as our outlook on the future. The Lieutenant Governor was also given a tour of the OMPA headquarters. Those in attendance were: Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb; Charles Lamb, Mayor of Edmond and OMPA Board Chair; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel, Drake Rice, OMPA Director of Member Services and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Governmental Relations Representative. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in Title 11, the Municipal Code of the Oklahoma statutes. OMPA was created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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City of Purcell Receives Electric Operations and Reliability Award

Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) announces that the City of Purcell, and Purcell Electric, the city’s electric department, placed First in the association’s annual Electric Operations and Reliability Competition in Oklahoma.  The utility was recognized in the category for cities under 10,000 population and cited for achieving the highest reported level of service reliability for cities within Oklahoma. The utility was recognized for having the highest Average System Availability Index in 2015 for small cities.  Purcell Electric employees meet the requirements of their work with professionalism and safety due to employer efforts.  These efforts include four years of rigorous field experience and testing for each line worker before he achieves journey lineworker status.  Additionally, they receive continuing education as participants in the MESO Job Training and Safety program. Purcell Electric had the highest reliability level of service recorded by small city public power systems in Oklahoma during 2015 with power being available 99.9964 percent of the time. The department also typically identified, responded to, and corrected a power outage problem in less than one hour on average. By having local ownership of the electric system and crews located within two miles of most customers, customers don’t wait for electric service crews in Purcell. MESO General Manager Tom Rider presented the award to the City of Purcell and Purcell Electric. In presenting the award, Rider said that the trade association valued the continued participation of the various utilities in the region in the annual reliability competition.  “It’s important, we believe, for cities to maintain accurate records to measure their reliability and productivity.   Through ongoing review of operations of cities in the four state region, we find over time which systems have continuous excellence in construction standards and distribution automation.  Purcell Electric not only has taken many steps to maintain reliability but continues to invest in system improvement.” “The current operational standards and employee training standards of this utility are superior.  This training and development of staff and increased funding for reliability resulted in the continued excellent performance of the utility.  Local control means local crews.  That means fast response.  And fast response means less outage time.” MESO is an electric utility trade association representing cities in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.  The association’s member...

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